St. Rumbold's Cathedral, Mechelen

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St. Rumbold's Cathedral (Sint-Romboutskathedraal) is the Belgian metropolitan archiepiscopal cathedral in Mechelen, dedicated to Saint Rumbold, Christian missionary and martyr who had founded an abbey nearby. His remains are rumoured to be buried inside the cathedral. State-of-the-art examination of the relics honoured as Saint Rumbold's and kept in a shrine in the retro-choir, showed a life span of about 40 years and a death date between 580 and 655, while tradition had claimed 775 AD.
Construction of the church itself started shortly after 1200, and it was consecrated in 1312, when part had become usable. From 1324 onwards the flying buttresses and revised choir structure acquired characteristics that would distinguish Brabantine Gothic from French Gothic. After the city fire of 1342, the Master Mason Jean d'Oisy managed repairs and continued this second phase, which by the time of his death in 1375 formed the prototype for that High Gothic style. His successors finished the vaults of the nave by 1437, and those of the choir by 1451.
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  • One of the must-sees in Methens is this cathedral, with its fantastic visitable bell tower, a Unesco World Heritage Site. As is characteristic in this area, the pulpit is impressive.
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  • Jewel of Flemish architecture. Impressive tower there is climb with 540 steps but there are landings to stop. I sweat every 15 and 7 minutes. When you go up you can see how pulleys and campamas work. Inside tall cathedral with lots of light, chapels with paintings of painters from the area
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  • The climb is over 500 steps but it's worth every step. The view is astonishing. On a clear day you can see Brussels with the Atomium and Antwerp with it's harbour.
  • An impressive structure. Great art pieces, statues of the apostles, stain glass windows. A place to meditate, find peace and gain clarity for the Zen traveler.
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